This beautiful example of mission revival architecture on a picturesque Florida coastline was in need of some revival itself. The walls began showing age, and the salty ocean air had done its damage, leaving a camouflage of patina on the painted surface. The structure had all but lost its visual appeal. Enter SprayStone, and the property has been transformed into a realtor catalog dream scene. While exploring views of this stunning residence, keep in mind that what you’re seeing is not stone, but the sustainable, eco-friendly alternative – SprayStone – that gives you the exact look and feel of natural stone at a fraction of the cost.
This stunning example of decorative interior design uses stone finished architectural focal points to accent ornamental design. A subtle elegance fills the space creating a unique and comfortable ambiance.
At the intersection of 12th and Vine streets, the Goldtex building rises as one of the most iconic architectural works in Philadelphia’s Loft District. Blending modern sophistication and raw, urban design, the LEED-Silver edifice is now home to 163 cutting edge apartments, featuring designer kitchens, 10’ windows, and a rooftop pool, second-to-none. But that wasn’t always the case. Originally erected as a women’s shoe factory in 1904, the building was later converted into office space, and finally abandoned after an unpleasant foreclosure in 2001. When Post Commercial acquired the property in 2011, their vision was to modernize the space while retaining many of the original, rough elements, accentuating the urban nature of the building and the Loft District area. As with many former factories and warehouses in the City of Brotherly Love, each floor of the Goldtex building was blessed with grandiose 12-foot ceilings, adorned with…well….concrete. A common practice would be to dress up the ceilings by either painting over the concrete or installing drywall. Post wanted to do things differently. The design team decided to accentuate the imposing, bulky ceilings and allow them to coexist with the sleek modern finishes of the apartments.
SprayStone’s characteristics made it an ideal choice for the project. Not only did the high-performance coating provide a finish identical to natural stone, the water-based formula ensured quick application and low levels of VOCs, critical to maintain the LEED certification of the project. With each story of the building presenting 12,000 sq. ft. of ceiling surface, a team of 8 installers worked simultaneously to apply finish. Having a consistent, single-component product was essential to achieving a uniform result, and SprayStone offered just that. Each installer was able to complete over 1,200 sq. ft. of finish per day and turn the ceilings over in record time. Once the ceilings were complete, Post was so impressed with SprayStone, they decided to use the coating on supporting concrete pillars throughout the building as well as exterior walls.
Today, SprayStone glorifies the historic building, while original graffiti decorates the rooftop garden, offering residents and guests a modern living space, with a glimpse into the days long past.
“We used SprayStone extensively throughout the project. As the units are lofts, an industrial aesthetic was preferred, accentuating and reconditioning the deteriorated ceilings at the same time. SprayStone was able to cover all the imperfections. We used it again on the columns in the lobby and the ground floor exterior walls. SprayStone finished the walls perfectly.”
Josh Guelbart – Asset Manager – Post Commercial Real Estate
SprayStone can resurface any exterior and makes for a cost effective commercial remodel project.
Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, FL had erected a shared family memorial mausoleum on its grounds to house multiple crypts intended to lend a special privacy of an enclosed space. The archdiocese hired Mccluskey Construction general contractors to build a shrine in the vicinity of which visitors would feel moved by the serenity and timeless grandeur, evoked by monumentality of limestone and elegance of polished granite.
MODERN ARCHITECTURAL STONE FINISH
A stunning example of what modern architecture can achieve with SprayStone coating.
As one of America’s premier theme parks, Universal Studios Orlando sees more traffic and abuse in 1 day than many places do in a year. Consequently, every day upon closing, dozens of crews work through the night to undo the damage of the day, power washing, painting, landscaping, and otherwise restoring the glorious environment for the next day’s guests. But in many structural areas of the park, time had taken its toll on the holy grail of American entertainment. In these areas cumulative environmental factors have caused deterioration at a rate faster than could be repaired.
THE FARR BUILDING
The Farr Building stands in the heart of Bethlehem, PA as a throwback to the 1920s neoclassical era from which it was born. Erected by the shoe manufacturer, Farr & Company, the 5-story structure was meant to complement the company’s flagship store in Allentown, PA. Offering full-service fittings and selling thousands of pairs per year, the store was one of the largest in the region for decades, but with the rise of cheaper overseas manufacturing and advent of shopping malls and outlet stores, the company began to waiver. After nearly 60 years of operation, the Farr Company was acquired and the Bethlehem store was closed indefinitely. Shuttered and abandoned, the Farr Building was left to the elements.
When Ashley Development Corporation acquired the building in 2005, the company made plans for a mixed use space – 24 loft apartments with a retail/restaurant space on the ground floor. Another key goal was to preserve the building’s historic significance, as it is the only example of terra cotta architecture in the Lehigh Valley area. With the 2008 recession, the renovation became entangled with delays and funding issues. The original $7.5 million project was scaled back to about $3.8 million and the developers were looking for ways to cope with the considerable reduction in investment. The main source of expense – refinishing the exterior by replacing old mortar joints, a job suited for only the most skilled masons. This aspect soon became a point of emphasis for the cost-reduction initiative, and the project leaders took to seeking out an alternate solution.
SprayStone offered a promising solution. As a high-performance acrylic coating, it would bridge small cracks in the masonry, while the elastomeric properties would allow it to respond adequately to structural movements without cracking. At $5-6/SF, the application would be 10x more affordable than traditional masonry work. Best of all – the finished surface would look and feel exactly like natural stone. Stirling Painting began the project by masking windows and the surrounding area. SprayStone’s limited overspray meant that masking could be kept to a minimum and the team could proceed with the next step – priming. A coat of 100% water-based masonry primer was applied and then followed, as always, by 2 coats of SprayStone.
The installation was completed in 4 short days, leaving the building with a renovated, regal appearance. Local residents, many of whom were away for summer vacation, were astounded to see the completed work upon their return, and shared dozens of pictures and stories about the iconic building that defines the center of their town. Ashley Development Corporations has applied for a Historic Registration of the Farr Building.
When new owners took over the Astoria Restaurant, this special-event destination was in desperate need of a facelift. The grim, uninviting walls of did not do justice to the lavishness that awaited guests beyond its doors. With the holiday season fast approaching the team decided to dazzle their guests with a glorious new look!